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welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> welcome back. i'm dave briggs. monday, march 18, it is 4:00 a.m. in the east, 9:00 p.m. in christchurch new zealand. file this under words you never imagined you'd hear defenin def of the president of the united states. >> the president is not a white supremacist. i'm not sure how many times we have to say that. >> that was acting chief of staff mick mulvaney. the white house forced to address the president's response to the shooting friday in new zealand. a terror attack at two mosques that left 50 dead. >> do you think white nationalism is arising threat around the world? >> i don't really. i think that it is a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. >> the president seemingly unconcerned despite the gunman's manifesto filled with anti-immigrant, anti-muslim.
the 87 page diatribe claiming he was inspired by trump and white nationali nationalists. it was not the first time the president hesitated to be critical after an attack. >> you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. the world is a violent world. and you'd think when you're over it, it just sort of goes away, but then it comes back in the form of a madman, a whack ko. they are attacking us because we are speaking the truth, changing people's minds and proving every day that our policies work. i get attacked, you do also. i get attacked all the time. in fact come to think of it, who gets attacked more than me?
>> but on a subject of radical islam, the president sounds drastically different. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. i think islam hates us. there is something there that there is a tremendous hatred there. there is a tremendous hatred. >> president trump also on the attack this weekend, he was busy on twitter at manu raju notes with nearly three dozen tweets hitting the late john mccain twice, g permit, the auto workers union and even fox news. we'll get to some of those in minute. but first, cabinet officials in new zealand agreeing in
principle to toughen gun laws. family members are bracing for the agony of claiming the remains of their loved ones, the first body now released. let's bring in ivan watson. just maertbreakinheartbreaking. bring us up to speed. >> reporter: yeah, it is after 8:00 p.m. here and at this make shift memorial site, there are still thopeople walking through many of them with tears on their faces laying flowers, putting up signs like we stand with our muslim brothers. and they are us. so a message of inclusion to this tiny minority which makes up about 1% of the population in new zealand, muslims who were so viciously attacked on friday. the prime minister of new zealand has said that there will be proposals to change the gun laws in this country within ten
days of last friday's terror attack. we don't know what will be proposed, but we do know one business here, gun city, its owner has said four of the five firearms that the key suspect had were legally purchased from that store. the key suspect brenton tarrant, an australian citizen who did not have any prior krinl record, he has told a public defender here that he wants to represent himself in upcoming court appearances. as for the effort to cope with this violence here, the authorities here are still struggling with it. christchurch hospital for example which is fighting to keep critically wounded people alive, it is postponing previously scheduled surgeries. the police are calling this the biggest investigation they have
ever mounted. and it has been very slow going returning the bodies of some of the 50 killed on friday to their anguished families for burial. >> just awful. ivan watson, thank you for that. an act of kindness being repaid in the aftermath of the mosque killings when 11 people were murdered at a pittsburgh synagogue last year, muslims in the community raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the victim. and now the jewish federation in pittsburgh is setting up a fund for the victims in christchurch. the chairman of the board says unfortunately we are all-too familiar with the devastating effect a mass shooting has. >> but there a growing criticism for facebook. for at least 17 minutes on friday, a terrorist streamed live video of his mass shootings. 17 minutes. and as donia sullivan notes, if
the artificial intelligence systems built by one of the richest companies in the word can't identify and take action on a video containing weaponry and gunfire and murder, what can they identify? >> and i have to say that lot of times people are saying don't share these videos if you stheem on facebo them on facebook. but even just watching them can help make them spread across the internet. is so if you see it, don't click it or that tracking will make it that even more people are watching it. what we've learned over the weekend about the role that really the social network had during this live broadcast and spreading it around the world over the weekend, facebook says that they didn't even notice the video until they were alerted by police. facebook does say that they blocked 1.2 million of the 1.5 million attempts to upload the video in the first 24 hours.
what does that say about us as humans, that 1.5 million attempts were made to upload the video, but that still means 300,000 times that video made it past facebook's filters and facebook still isn't saying how many people would have seen that. you only need a video up once or twice for it to get millions of views, so 300,000 times on the soescial network. >> how it is filtered didn't see this instantly is shocking. how did hundreds of thousands of uploads get past facebook's filters? >> unfortunately it is not just the fault of the social networks. it is also the fault of irresponsible media. sometimes in one case we did see that news station uploaded this full clip, they broadcast it and then put it on facebook and the artificial intelligence looks at that and sees the banners likes ones that we have here on cnn, though we weren't airing it, the logo, and that tells the
algorithms that this might be news worthy. which of course we know that that just helps radicalize people. so we've all played a role in this. and it just shows that artificial intelligence isn't really that smart. and the other point i think we have to look at here, there was an article -- investigation a short time ago from casey newton which had a look at how facebook moderators started embracing the kept that they were s contents that they were seeing. so imagine if they started adopting those views, what happens when those see it that are not trained to deal with this type of radical staiizatio. >> samuel burke, thank you. if it can't handle this, maybe it needs more scrutiny. we mentioned the president's tweets. here are a few noteworthy
examples. he is criticizing john mccain for his ties to the controversial russian dossier. cnn reported that it was received by a michael cohen secretary and shared with a reporter at buzzfeed. and also going after his vote for repealing obama care and calling him last in his class at annapolis. >> and mccain's caught firing back, no one will ever love you the way they loved my father. i wish i had been given more saturdays with him. maybe spend your with your family instead of obsessingoff mine. and senator lindsey graham refusing to criticize the president for his xhiptscomment. >> instead he tweeted that he stepped forward to risk his life for his country, sevened honorably and was one of the most consequential senators. nothing about his service will ever be changed or diminished.
president trump urging fox news to put jeanine pirro back on the air. sources tell cnn the controversial host was success ended for islamophobic remarks doubting the patriotism of ilhan omar. >> is her adherence to this islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to sharia law? >> pirro known well for her full throated defense of the president and mr. trump is using the oval office to moonlight as a bit of a program director here tweeting on to fox bring back jeanine pirro and stop working so hard at being politically correct which will only bring you down. and there is a whole lot more that we'll continue to get to. more trouble this morning for boeing in the wake of two deadly crashes of its 737 max jet liners. the "wall street journal" reported a grand jury has issued a broad subpoena to federal offices to probe the development and approval of the jets.
now investigators have found similarities, this is a big development, similarities between the ethiopian airlines crash last weekend at lion air accident last october, both involving the 737 max. let's turn to melissa bell near paris where the black boxes from ethiopia are being examined. and this is a big development,ie saying they found. >> reporter: that's right, this is according to the transport minister who spoke out yesterday talking about similarities, we already heard from the ceo of the ethiopian airlines a few days before about the similars possibly between the take jek toers of those two planes. the crash of course in less than six months. and i think that is what the data that has now been successfully down loaded from both those black boxes here in the building behind me, what that data will tell us more specifically about what those
similarities are. we know of course the investigation into the lion air disaster about the question of the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system, this almost automatic system within the plane that forced the nose down, the fact that the pilots had several times tried to get that nose on that plane back one that crashed back in october. was this same system at fault. we heard from boeing that they were in the process of updating this system and it had been in development before the ethiopian crash which brings up the question of what more should have been done and whether this latest crash might not have been avoided. >> all right. thank you for that. coming up, did joe biden tip his hand? a slip that suggests he is all in for 2020. next.
we've been telling you about the tweeting from the president and general motors was one of the targets and gm has responded to those angry tweets. he demanded that gm reopen or sell a recently closed plant in lords town, ohio. this is what the union says. to be clear under the terms of the national agreement, the ultimate fult of thture of the low indicated plants will be resolved between gm and the uaw. the president tweeted that he spoke with mary barra about the lordstown trump and he asked her to do something quickly, but that barra blamed the uaw union. the tweet was the third time trump took to twitter to voice husband fr his frustrations. he suggested a new owner could manage the plant but that time is of the essence. production at the ohio plant ended earlier this month. the president also criticized a
local union president, the local union guy david green, telling him to get his act together and produce. green hasn't responded to a request for comments. gm added in a statement its main focus was offering employees jobs in other plants where they have growth opportunities. well, did joe biden tip his hand or was it just another of those infamous gaffes? speaking to an encouraging home state crowd in delaware saturday, the former vice president was defending his record when he said, or almost said, this -- >> i'm the most progressive record of anybody running for -- anybody who would run. >> standing ovation as you can see there went on a bit. biden has indicated to friends it is all but certain that he will run. an announcement could come as soon as april. as for democrats already in the
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the president is not a white supremacist. >> the white house forced to offer an unprecedented defense of the president. he refused to condemn white supremacy. the president spent his weekend slamming opponents and allies. and an epic weekend tweetstorm that targeted among others the late john mccain and fox news. and subpoenas have been issued as the feds probe the boeing 737 max planes, new similarities between two jets that crashed within five months. welcome back to "early start." gilg this
file this under words you'd never imagine you'd hear in defense of the president of the united states. >> the president is not a white supremacist. i'm not sure how many times we have to say that. >> the fact that it had to be said, remarkable. that was acting chief of staff mick mulvaney. the white house forced to address the president's response to the shooting friday in new zealand. a terror attack at two mosques that left 50 dead. >> do you think white nationalism is arising threat around the world? >> i don't really. i think that it is a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. >> the president seemingly unconcerned despite the gunman's manifesto filled with anti-immigrant, anti-muslim. the 87 page diatribe claiming he was inspired by trump and white nationalists. it was not the first time the president hesitated to be critical after an attack. >> you also had people that were
very fine people on both sides. the world is a violent world. and you'd think when you're over it, it just sort of goes away, but then it comes back in the form of a madman, a whacko. this has little to do with it. if they had protection inside, the results would have been better. they are attacking us because we are speaking the truth, changing people's minds and proving every day that our policies work. i get attacked, you do also. i get attacked all the time. in fact come to think of it, who gets attacked more than me? >> but on a subject of radical islam, the president sounds drastically different. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total shutdown of muslims entering the united states until
our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. i think islam hates us. there is something there that there is a tremendous hatred there. there is a tremendous hatred. >> president trump also on the attack this weekend, he was busy on twitter at manu raju notes with nearly three dozen tweets hitting the late john mccain twice, gm, the auto workers union and even fox news. and snl reruns. hillary clinton, robert mueller. we'll unfold some of those for you in a minute. >> that is quite a list. but first, cabinet officials in new zealand agreeing in principle to toughen gun laws. changes will be announced in about a week. family members are bracing for
the agony of claiming the remains of their loved ones, the first body now released. let's go live to christchurch and bring in i've vin ivan wats. >> reporter: hi there, dave. you know, the country here and the authorities are still struggling to cope with the scale of this terrorist attack that took place here on friday. for example, it has taken days for the officials to start releasing the bodies of the 50 victims, men, women and children killed in the attacks on two mosques here. and that has been agony for families who are waiting to bury their loved ones according to islamic tradition. but the chief coroner saying they don't want to make any mistakes whatsoever and that they need a lot of experts to work on identifying all of the victims here. the christchurch hospital, it has had to postpone previously scheduled surgeries because they are struggling to keep the critically wounded people alive. in addition to that, the police
are saying this is the biggest investigation they have ever mounted. it is the deadliest terror attack in more than new zealade history. they believe this is the attack ever one person and the man charged is an 28-year-old australian named brenton tarrant, he was charged here in court with murder on saturday. he live streamed the beginning of his attack on a mosque not far from where i'm standing. and he has told public defender that he wants to defend himself in court. the prime minister says that the gun laws will change in this country as a result of this. new zealanders said they never believed that the kind of gun massacres that we see on an almost monthly basis in the u.s. would ever happen here the prime minister saying changes need to be made, gun laws need to be tightened and that will happen
within ten days of the initial terror attack. >> iran watson live for us there in christchurch. also growing criticism of facebook this morning for at least 17 minutes on friday, the terrorist streamed live video of that mass shooting. as cnn's tone i can't sullivan notes, if the artificial intelligence systems can't identify and take actionsulliva notes, if the artificial intelligence systems can't identify and take action, what can they identify. samuel burke joining us live in london. samuel, what is facebook doing in response to all these demands for action? >> well, over the weekend facebook published numbers which really give us a better idea of the massive scope of the problem it is with people trying to upload this video. and i just note that it is not only sharing the video. just watching the video helped it spread online. so if you see it, you are part of the problem. facebook admitting that they didn't notice the live broadcast
until police alerted them to it. they were able to block 1.2 million of the 1.5 million attempted to upload the video in the first 24 hours before they even published. that is the good news. but of course do the math there. facebook won't say how many times this 300,000 videos that were uploaded managed to make it on. but when you think about the numbers, 1.5 million attempts, what does that say not only about the social networks, but about us humans trying to upload and view this content. >> yeah, there are a lot of he reques questions there. how did hundreds of thousands get past facebook filters to begin with? >> facebook uses something called hashing. once they have identified the video, they put a hash in it so if it gets up loaded again, it will stop before it gets publ h publish published. but if people change the color, maybe the speed, if the news outlet puts it up with their logo on it, that can confuse the algorithms and then it can get
uploaded for people to see. an investigation not long ago going talked about how facebook's own moderators have become radicalized watching the contents they are supposed to be taking down, embracing views like holocaust denial and the earth being flat. so imagine if you don't have the professional training, imagine how that has affected people's minds and there are two plus billion users on facebook. >> another reason people are getting off of the social media platforms. samuel burke, thank you. we mentioned the president trump's buffet of twitter hate this weekend. here are just a few noteworthy examples. president trump reviving his attacks on a familiar target john mccain, criticizing the late senator on twitter for his tie to the controversial russian dossier. cnn has reported the dossier was received by a mccain associate and shared with a reporter at buzzfeed. president trump also going after mccain for his vote against repealing obamacare, even
calling him last in his class at annapolis. >> a strong response from the war hero's daughter, meghan, she tweeted no one will ever love you the way they loved my father. i wish i had been begin more saturdays with him, maybe spend your with your family instead of twitter obsessing over mine. and here is a prime example of the control president trump has over his party. senator lindsey graham, michael cohen's close cohen -- mccain's closest friend in the senate, falling short. >> he tweeted as to senator john mccain and his devotion to his country, he stepped forward to risk his life for his country, served honorably under different circumstances and was one of the most consequence shal senators in the history of the body. nothing about his service ever will be changed or diminished. >> president trump app li moon lighting as a program director, urging fox news to put jeanine pirro back on the air. sources tell cnn that the controversial host was suspended
for islam foe remarks doubting the patriotism of ilhan omar. >> is her adherence to this islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to sharia law? >> the president trump tweeting at fox to bring back jeanine pirro and stop working so hard as being politically correct which will onlyb bring you down. >> and president trump had more executive time to watch and attack "saturday night live." apparently he wasn't watching too closely though. >> live from new york, it is saturday night! >> you can see it on the screen, recorded from an earlier live broadcast. yes, it was a rerun. the christmas theme might have been enough to tip off the president ordinarily. snl was in fact a rerun. >> and in a sunday morning tweetstorm, the president said it is incredible that shows like
"saturday night live" can spend all of their time knocking the same person, me, over and over without so much of a mention of the other side. he also suggested federal election officials and the fcc should look into this. for the record there, is no guarantee of equal time on comedy shows, even reruns. >> i will tweet out here in a couple minutes several mentions of the other side, several segments aimed at democrats. >> like beto o'rourke. >> we'll sweet twetweet out tho. more trouble for boeing though in the wake of the two deadly crashes. the "wall street journal" reporting a grand jury has issued a broad subpoena as two federal offices probe the development and approval of the jets. now investigators have found similarities between the ethiopian airlines crash last week and the lion air accident last october. both involving the 737 max. for the latest, let's welcome in melissa bell outside the french accident investigation agency near paris where the black boxes from ethiopia are being
examined. melissa, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. what we now know about the data from those boxes is that it has been successfully downloaded here in the building behind me. we're waiting to hear more about the contents. that could take up to a month however. and crucially what they will be looking at are those similarities that you mentioned. we are heard from the ethiopian transport minister who made rchbs betwe reference to the similarities. and the reason that it is crucial for the time being and as we await more from the data, is that we know so much about what went wrong with the lion air crash. we know from a preliminary report that it was to do with the flight's automated software forcing the nose of the plane down, something that the pilots tried to correct several times failing ultimately to do so. one of the big questions will be whether this was also the case for the ethiopian airlines
flight. we've heard that the faa announced that it was grounding this particular type of boeing on wednesday. and that question of the trajectories and the similarities between the two, the similarities between the trajectories, is what led them to ground this particular type of plane. we need to know more about precisely what the similarities were and whether what happened in ethiopia might have been preve prevented. >> melissa live in paris. a major change in health guidelines, a daily dose of aspirin no longer recommended for older adults.
closed plant inlordstown, ohio. gm says under the terms of the national agreement, the ultimate future of the unable low indicated plants will be resolved between gm and the uaw indicated plants will be resolved between gm and the uaw. the president tweeted he spoke with the gm' and he asked her to cell it or do something quickly. he says that bar are a orbarra union.it or do something quickl. he says that barra blamed the union. saths saturday he suggested a new owner could manage the plant and time is of the essence. the president also criticized the local union president david green telling him to get his act together and produce. green didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. gm in its statement says its focus is offering employees jobs at other plants where they have growth opportunities. a top u.s. general denying
reports the military may keep nearly 1,000 u.s. troops in syria. his comments came in response to a "wall street journal" report claiming that u.s. military was developing plans to keep up to half the present troop deployment in syria. they would continue working with kurdish fighters who face threats from turkey. in an unusual move though, joints chiefs chairman joseph done ford cunford confirmed tha agreed to an initial rng a parrt along the border. >> up to 400 troops could stay, but no final decision has been made. dan coats told congress isis maintained a presence in syria despite the president's claim that the militant group has already been defeated. so how much money is amazon going to get? a multimillion-dollar incentive package for its second headquarters in virginia. cnn business has the numbers next. the latest innovation from xfinity
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across the state, 9 million people in 14 states are under a flood warning. this is after levees breached. major flooding on an air force base near bellevue where about 30 buildings are flooded. hundreds have been receipts cued a rescued. and killing of a crime boss does not look to be mob related. police say the suspect 1will be charged with murder in the death of frank cali. a police source tells cnn that camilo had a relationship with one of cali's family members and he didn't approve. a. >> narrator: >> a north carolina man wanted in connection with his wife's dead has been captured during a traffic stop near tucson.
his wife diana was reported missing earlier this month and found dead three days later. keel is charged with first-degree murder. and they are taking a second look at the death of his first wife in 2006 that had been ruled an accident. new guidelines advise against taking regular aspirin to prevent heart disease. for healthy older adults taking a daily low dose aspirin is at best a waste of money and at worst may raise their risk of internal bleeding and early death. doctors may consider aspirin for certain high risk patients such as those who have trouble lowering cholesterol or managing blood sugars. but for anyone who has had a stroke or heart attack, aspirin can be lifesaving. and let's get a check on cnn business this monday morning. global stock markets beginning the week higher after a good week for u.s. markets. wall street right now, futures are moving higher here.dow friday up 139 points. for the week the dow rose 1.6%.
the nasdaq a very good week, 3.8% higher. now highest since early october. wednesday the fed will make its latest interest rate decision, no rate hike expected. but the fed chief jerome powell will hold a press conference right after that, could be news worthy. existing home sales figures for february come out friday. sales fell 1.2% from december to january, but some economists think they might have rebounded last month, so we have to see i healing in the housing market. and deutsche bank confirmed sunday it was holding merger talks with commerce bank. deutsche bank said talks were part of a strategic review aimed at improving its growth profile and profitability. the merger would help consolidate germany's crowded retail lending market by creating the single bank of
combined asset and roughly 150,000 employees. an incentives package for the hq2 in virginia. the arlington county board unanimously approved a $23 million package for the crystal city facility. the vote was the final action giving local and state subsidies to the line oonline retail gian. overall amazon says it will receive performance based incentives of $573 million from the state, county. last month amazon canceled its plans to build half of its hq2 in long island city following a lot of backlash there. and "early start" continues right now. the president spent his weekend slamming his opponents and even allies.
an epic weekend tweetstorm against the late john mccain, "saturday night live," reruns mind you, gm, even fox anchors just for starters. changes to gun laws already on the way to new zealand after the mosque attacks. the white house forced to offer an unprecedented defense of the president after he refused to condemn white supremacy. >> the president is not a white supremacist. and subpoenas have been issued as the feds probe the boeing max 737 planes. new similars between two jets that crashed in just five months. good morning, even. welcome to ear"early start." >> it is monday, march 18, 5:00 a.m. in the east, 10:00 p.m. in christchurch, new zealand. we'll take you there in a moment. but first, there is little if any doubt where the president's head is. he told us often while allies mourned the attack in new zealand, trump unleashed a